Just Another Day

It’s a holiday, but to me it’s just another day. Except the tv programs I would normally watch are absent. Geoff has gone into work for a few hours, and though i have the car, I don’t really have anyplace I want to go. If I had brought the stroller with me when we drove to Geoff’s work, I’d be at Peet’s now with my caramel freddo and a book. 🙂

I watched Ken Jennings get beat on Jeopardy’s best of the best of the best (sir! with honors). The thing was I found that two of the final Jeopardy questions were things I knew. Also the double Jeopardy seemed easier than the first round. I did dismally in the bible category they had. I knew the answers, I just couldn’t get them out, save one. Don’t feel bad for your favorite mormon Jeopardy winner, Ken is getting his own game show. It’ll be like Win Ben Stein’s Money, so it may not be that bad.

Geoff and I are super duper bummed that we’ll be missing Ryan & Kana’s wedding. It’s on the day we fly home from Calgary. We can’t move our flight plans, it was the only day we both could fly home together. I know it will be a wonderful special day, and hopefully Ryan will post pictures. And we’ll celebrate with them when we make it out to Irvine. Congratulations you two!

Well, I’m going to sign off now. I’ll close with a quote from Conspiracy Theory.

Jerry Fletcher: A good conspiracy is unprovable. I mean, if you can prove it, it means they screwed up somewhere along the line.

I remembered!

I remembered yesterday that thing I wanted to post:

If you play Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon to The Muppet’s Wizard Of Oz, does it make sense? 🙂

Let it be said my biggest pet peeve, or at least the thing that peeves me off more than anything is bad drivers. I’ve had my share of bad drivers. In less than 24 hours, I have encountered two drivers who didn’t give a lick about me and my stroller being in the crosswalk. Yesterday one driver plowed through a stop sign while I was in the middle of the road, and today a driver actually clipped the stroller’s back wheel. Geoff chased that guy half a block, and would have continued and caught him had we known he was going to be stopped at the next light. The thing is there a cop right there, but he didn’t see it, he was looking for speeders. I was so angry that this guy clipped the stroller, I didn’t stop being mad for the next hour. I just can’t believe some people! Everyone is fine, we were very lucky.

My new beverage of choice this summer is Peet’s Caramel Freddo. It is divine!

I’m so happy my 100 things (see previous posts) has spurned Athena & Geoff to do their own. It takes some time to do, but it’s so much fun to learn new things about people. Lisa says she’ll try to tackle it.

No plans for the long weekend, just hopefully spending some family time together. So I’m going to go spend time with my family now, and close with a quote from Stripes (which is on right now).

John Winger: We’re all very different people. We’re not Watusi, we’re not Spartans, we’re Americans. With a capital “A”, huh? And you know what that means? Do you? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We’re the underdog. We’re mutts.


I’m getting really tired of the rush to publish “news” that people can’t wait to verify if it’s even true. I’ve come to expect that all stories have a retraction written at the same time as the story. People are so riled up by the story, they don’t even hear that there is a retraction and apology.

I think I may need to keep a notebook on my person at all times, because I said something witty on Sunday and wanted to post it. Now I can’t recall it, and wonder if it was even very witty. 🙂

The Queen was walking around my old stomping grounds yesterday (the legislative grounds). I would have loved to have seen that. How many people can say they’ve seen royalty in person? Perhaps if I’m ever near her stomping grounds, we’ll hook up for tea.

Well, I don’t have much else to say. So I’ll close with a quote from The Addams Family.

Girl Scout: Is this made from real lemons?
Wednesday: Yes.
Girl Scout: I only like all-natural foods and beverages, organically grown, with no preservatives. Are you sure they’re real lemons?
Pugsley: Yes.
Girl Scout: I’ll tell you what. I’ll buy a cup if you buy a box of my delicious Girl Scout cookies. Do we have a deal?
Wednesday: Are they made from real Girl Scouts?

100 Things

I followed some blog links from someone I know, and found this idea. It’s to write 100 things about yourself. I’ve been working on it for a few days, typed it out in Word, and now I’m ready to post it. If anyone reads all the way through this, I’d be surprised. Happy, but surprised.

100 Things

1. My middle name was supposed to be Jane, but Kelly was born first, so I got June. (or so I’m told)
2. I like liverwurst, but would never eat liver.
3. I gave up on the idea of going to college when I was in the 10th grade.
4. Though I was only in Glasgow for like 4 days, I miss waking up and looking at the Clyde through our hotel window.
5. I’d never eaten salad until I was in 6th grade.
6. I wore braces for 2 years.
7. I used to be able to do hurdles, now they kind of scare me.
8. I think my best feature is my smile.
9. Giving birth was the most painful thing I’ve endured physically.
10. I played handbells in elementary school.
11. I’m 5’5” but I secretly think I’m 5’6”.
12. I took jazz dance for 4 years, and ballet for 2.
13. My favorite school subject was Drama.
14. My least favorite subject was Math.
15. I transferred high schools after 10th grade because my attendance was so poor.
16. I collect giraffe stuff.
17. I once tattled on my brother when we both shoplifted candy from Safeway.
18. My favorite shoes are my Tevas.
19. I prefer Coke over Pepsi because my dad worked for Coke.
20. I have small fingers, my wedding ring is a size 4.5.

21. The first movie I remember seeing in a theatre was The Smurfs And The Magic Flute.
22. The first movie I saw without my parents was Big.
23. I had dogs growing up, a poodle (Sammy), and a husky (Smoky).
24. My parents split up summer I finished 6th grade.
25. My dad, my brother and I used to watch wrestling together all the time.
26. I saw The Tragically Hip play at the House Of Blues on Sunset Blvd.
27. I was camping with my grandparents when I heard that Wayne Gretzky had been traded.
28. I am a pretty good 5 pin bowler.
29. I used to have a radio show.
30. I was 20 the first time I was ever on an airplane.
31. The first CD I owned was Paul McCartney’s Tripping The Live Fantastic.
32. I was a cheerleader in Junior High School.
33. My movie guilty pleasure…Center Stage.
34. I sang in a band called Screaming Gyspy Mud Puppies.
35. I love the color my eyes turn when I cry.
36. I knew I wanted to date Geoff when I heard him play his violin.
37. My brother and I always have to karate chop each other’s necks when we see each other.
38. I cried after seeing The Blair Witch Project.
39. I had my tonsils taken out in the 11th grade. My mom stayed in the hospital with me.
40. I have stretch marks on my belly from being pregnant.

41. I once had 3 jobs at the same time.
42. I spent half a day in San Francisco by myself.
43. The only beer I ever tasted was Red Dog (yuck!).
44. I watch way too much tv.
45. The worst vacation I ever had was to Carson City, Nevada.
46. I love the way my cat smells.
47. Restaurants that serve french fries and gravy rank high for me. J
48. My favorite arcade game is Elevator Action.
49. I wanted to name a child Dade from my favorite movie, but Geoff says no way!
50. People always tell me how much my mom and I look alike.
51. I plan to get Lasik surgery when I turn 40.
52. I love going for walks with Geoff.
53. I have a cookie jar of a friar that says “Thou Shall Not Get Fat”. It belonged to my parents.
54. I organized a group of friends to perform Monty Python’s Lumberjack Song for the school talent show.
55. I sleep with a yellow baby blanket I’ve had forever.
56. I met my future sister in law for the first time at my wedding.
57. I have never smoked a cigarette or done drugs.
58. I love getting a pedicure, but could care less about a manicure.
59. I was baptized in the Pacific Ocean.
60. I love seeing Geoff and Elijah spend time together.

61. I miss driving down the PCH to Laguna Beach.
62. I auditioned for jazz choir in high school but didn’t get in.
63. Geoff and I had our first fight as a married couple on our honeymoon.
64. I want to become an American citizen someday.
65. I have 2 scars and they are both on the same arm. One from cutting my hand with a butcher’s knife as a child. The other from going through a window as a teenager.
66. I have never broken a bone.
67. I went to a shooting range once and learned I’m a pretty good shot.
68. My favorite ice cream flavor is World Class Chocolate at Baskin Robbins.
69. I have been bitten by a Doberman Pincher.
70. I lost a shoe during a race.
71. I won over $1000 at bingo.
72. I enjoy playing cards, especially Bridge.
73. I am thankful I got to talk to my dad about God before he died.
74. I didn’t learn to drive until I was 24.
75. My first job was working the popcorn stand at the Coliseum.
76. The most beautiful place I’ve ever been was at Young Life camp in the Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia.
77. Butterflies scare me.
78. I think my husband is hilarious.
79. My friend Doug and I snuck into a Rolling Stones concert.
80. I competed in a “Survivor” game for the O.C. Register. A frozen chalupa was my downfall.

81. I love to see my son’s smile.
82. I have been a bridesmaid 3 times, an emcee twice, and a flowergirl once.
83. Geoff and I had our marriage blessed for our 5th anniversary.
84. I am a big fan of black teas.
85. I went to a taping of Friends.
86. I am an honorary Krolik (a super nice family that adopted Geoff & I).
87. If I could play any instrument, it would be the bodhran (Celtic drum).
88. I make an excellent pasta sauce.
89. My mom and dad walked me down the aisle at my wedding.
90. I won the “class clown” paper plate award at my 9th grade grad.
91. I used to get mistaken for a girl named Cynthia at Harry Ainlay. After we met and became friends, we told people we were twins. The only thing we had in common was dark hair and glasses.
92. Once I got a Mac, I realized how much PC’s suck.
93. I have a competitive spirit.
94. I love to look at other people’s photos.
95. When we had to do a report on composers, I chose Englebert Humperdink from the list because I thought his name was funny.
96. I love a good rock ballad.
97. When I look back on some of the stuff I “believed in”, I’m embarrassed.
98. I sang a verse of When I’m With You by Sheriff to Geoff on our wedding day.
99. The best money I ever spent was paying for my brother, sister-in-law and nephew to come to California.
100. I found it’s hard to think of 100 things about yourself.

Fun With Names

Thanks to Athena for posting this:

Melissa June Armstrong’s Aliases

Your movie star name: Chips John
Your fashion designer name is Melissa Glasgow
Your socialite name is Miska San Francisco
Your fly girl / guy name is M Arm
Your detective name is Giraffe McNally
Your barfly name is Chips Margarita
Your soap opera name is June Kirkpatrick
Your rock star name is Aero Cheetah
Your star wars name is Melhon Armgeo
Your punk rock band name is The Contentment Headphones


I’m such a dummy! I hadn’t opened up my calendar since Monday, so I completely forgot that today was our lamaze class reunion! I really wanted to go too, to hear about how everyone’s babies are. To show off our little cutie. Well, nothing to be done. I realized it 30 minutes after it started, so with the 30 minute drive out there, we would have missed it. Obviously I need to set up alarms for all my important dates.

Geoff is out on a big long run, he’s training to run in a half marathon next month. I don’t know if we’ll go hang out there or not, it’s at the Pepsi Center. I guess an option would be to take the light rail into downtown, hang out there and go back to see him finish. Who knows!

We went to the farmer’s market today, and we were a little disappointed. There was only one produce stand, and the lettuce looked sad. Geoff did buy some tomatoes, but I couldn’t convince him to buy me beef jerky.

I guess I’ll sign off. I’m closing with a quote from Beetlejuice.

Adam: What are your qualifications?
Betelgeuse: Ah. Well… I attended Juilliard… I’m a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I’ve seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT… NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU’RE TALKING TO A DEAD GUY… NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK? You think I’m qualified?

Hot And Not

It’s really hot here, we’ve hit the 90’s (that’s 30’s for you Celsius readers). God bless air conditioning.

And unlike everyone I know, we won’t be going out to see the new Star Wars movie. I’m not really a fan, or rather I’m not fanatical like half the planet. No reason, I just don’t care.

I want to address something that has been bugging me for a while. This isn’t aimed at one person, but several people. Geoff is fine. He isn’t to skinny, he does not have any problems physically. He eats well, and he enjoys exercising. He is healthy, and happy with the way he looks. So please stop suggesting he’s too thin. As his wife, I would never allow him to get unhealthy, or allow him to jeopardize his health. His weight is just right for his height.

I’m sorry to those who might find that offensive, but as a protective wife, it’s my right to express how I feel. I’d rather address this now before we go see family and friends, so that maybe I won’t have to hear about it. And maybe I shouldn’t apologize for offending people. Sometimes I feel like I’m always apologizing for expressing my thoughts. To the point now where I censor myself daily.

I had a frustrating day yesterday, so once dinner was done, I asked Geoff to take Elijah for a walk so I could have some alone time. I read my bible, and wrote in the journal that Kelly bought me in Thailand. The boys came home with a dozen pink roses for me. It was so very sweet, and completely unexpected. I’ve been smelling them all day. It was just as nice as the time I got alone to myself.

Well, parenthood calls. No plans for this weekend, except maybe checking out the farmer’s market at Cherry Creek Mall.

I’ll close with my favorite quote from The Emperor’s New Groove.

Pacha: Uh-oh.
Kuzco: Don’t tell me. We’re about to go over a huge waterfall.
Pacha: Yep.
Kuzco: Sharp rocks at the bottom?
Pacha: Most likely.
Kuzco: Bring it on.


Last 15 Songs Played On Pearl (My iPod)

To Be A Lover – Billy Idol
Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
Dublin Lullaby – Captain Tractor
Wouldn’t It Be Good – Danny Hutton Hitters
Hold The Line – Toto
She Says What She Means – Sloan
Amnesia – Toad The Wet Sprocket
Give Up The Funk – Parliament
We Can Funk – Prince
Animal – Def Leppard
Collide – Howie Day
I Ran – A Flock Of Seagulls
Famous Blue Raincoat – Leonard Cohen
Somebody’s Watching Me – Morris Day
Your Little Secret – Melissa Etheridge

Last 15 Songs Played On Plankton (The Computer)

Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money) – Pet Shop Boys
Kids Wanna Rock – Bryan Adams
Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
Roxanne – The Police
Shake A Tail Feather – Ray Charles (Blues Brothers Soundtrack)
You’re What I Look For – Glass Tiger
(What A) Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
Poisoning Pigeons In The Park – Tom Lehrer
Sunflower Eyes – Easily Amused
Voulez Vous – ABBA
What Kind Of Man Would I Be – Chicago
Tonight, Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins
Get What You Need – Jet
Seagulls – Great Big Sea
Ebay – Weird Al Yankovic